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A BCer in Toronto: I’m running for LPC(O) vice-president communications

I am excited to announce I have decided to seek the position of vice-president, communications of the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario).

There is tremendous opportunity for our party to move forward and accomplish great things for Canadians under our new leader, Justin Trudeau, but he can’t do it alone. He’s the hope — we’re the hard work.

Like many of you, I have watched with concern and frustration at the growing disengagement of Canadians with federal politics — a trend encouraged and exploited by the Harper government. I believe we can and must reverse this trend, and it begins (Read more…)

Alberta Diary: Ontario election: OK, that didn’t really work … can we get back to being New Democrats now?

Ontario’s victorious Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne last summer. Below: Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak.

Well! That didn’t work out quite as well as we’d hoped, did it? Can we get back to being New Democrats now?

I speak, of course, of the results of last night’s Ontario provincial election – in which it seems to me from my vantage point out here on the Great Plains that there are lessons in the vote for New Democrats in the west and the New Democrats in Ottawa too.

I realize that the great Canadian tradition of (Read more…)

264MHz: The Power Plant Scandal by the Numbers

The most quoted number for the cost of the Ontario Liberals moving two natural gas power plants away from urban locations in order to win a few more seats is $1.1 billion dollars.

If you look at the Auditor General reports that the number is based on you can see that the much of the 1.1 billion dollar cost would still be needed even if the plants would built in their new locations in the first place, as the NDP and Conservatives claim they would have done if they where in government at the time.

This cost breakdown (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Nancy Leblanc for Parkdale-High Park! ( #onpoli #olp )

Congratulations are in order for fellow blogger, Nancy Leblanc, who will be the Ontario Liberal candidate for the riding of Parkdale-High Park in the next provincial election. Her nomination becomes official on May 7th!

My endorsement should come as no surprise.

Nancy is a committed Liberal, a committed progressive activist, and the residents of the riding will be well-served by a great candidate like Nancy.

Her campaign website is at NancyLeblanc.ca.

Congratulations once again!

Babel-on-the-Bay: Wrong again, Justin Trudeau.

Even in Julius Caesar’s day, the Rubicon was a very shallow river. Caesar’s legion waded across. Justin Trudeau dives in and ends up looking silly.

When writing about the metaphorical Rubicon that young Trudeau faced in Toronto’s Trinity-Spadina riding, we were talking about his relationship with the Liberal Party. Instead of listening to the party, he is getting things screwed up even worse.

Instead of meeting with Christine Innes to resolve the questions about her candidacy, he gets pictures in the newspapers inviting Toronto Councillor Adam Vaughan to run for the Liberals in that riding. This is not solving the (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: Does Harper have to show you how Justin?

No Justin, you do not have to listen to some cranky left-wing liberal from the boonies of Ontario. When we first met four years ago, you were as easy to read as an open book. You had a direction and you were on your way. And we wish you well. Do not get us wrong on that. You are going to be the next Prime Minister of Canada. All you have to do is keep your word and be yourself.

There are two current problems with this. The first is keeping your word to the Liberal Party about open nominations (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: A Liberal Party Mess in the Making

A man of principle

This is a mess. Justin Trudeau and his advisors had better get on to this debacle post haste, reveal all the facts and communications, and make sure the principle of open nominations is adhered to. If we start retreating from opennes and transparency before the election is here, we will not form the next government. And congratulations to Zach Paikin for taking a principled stand (my underlining): But a letter sent to Innes by Liberal national election readiness chief David MacNaughton and obtained by the CBC has suggested the move may have been driven by a (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Thank You to the Liberal Party ( #lpc #lib14)

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Liberal Party of Canada for accrediting me to cover their biennial convention in Montreal. As both a delegate and a blogger, I enjoyed myself immensely at the convention.

A BCer in Toronto: 2014 Liberal biennial photo album

A few shots from last weekend’s Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention in Montreal.

2014 Liberal Biennial, a set on Flickr.

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A BCer in Toronto: #SelfiesWithBroadhurst — The definitive retrospective from #lib14

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Bill Longstaff: Andrew Leslie’s troubling views on defence policy

Andrew Leslie, former Canadian forces commander in Afghanistan, now adviser to Liberal Party chief Justin Trudeau, has been busy recently defending his $72,000 moving expense, particularly from attack by the Conservatives. Apparently the expense was within appropriate guidelines, so I have no intention of joining in that quibbling.

I am, however, concerned about his views on defence policy,

The Progressive Right: Priority Policy 159 – Fracking ( #lib14 #lpc #NoPickeringAirport )

Another priority resolution I’m interested in following is Resolution 159 – Fracking.

There is some conjecture that the reason the federal Conservative government is keen on developing the airport lands to allow for the fast tracking of a fracking project.

We’ll see.

The Progressive Right: Interview with Brian Rice ( #lib14 #lpc #cdnpoli )

Brian is well known to many members of the Liberal Party. He has toured the country delivering electoral district association training. His message is to build strong riding associations to ensure an electoral success.

He will endeavour to continue touring the country – if he’s in a riding, he’ll deliver his training program. His plan is to formalize the training program as a function within the party. Again, he reiterated the strength of the party lies in the strength of local riding associations.

We spoke about past presidents talking to the media – he will not address the media without (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: The bloggers meet Broadhurst: On the economy, 3000+ attendees and #selfieswithbroadhurst

Our contingent of bloggers had a wide-ranging briefing this morning in with Liberal Party of Canada national director Jeremy Broadhurst – you may know him from the popular new Twitter meme, #SelfiesWithBroadhurst. Lets start with a few stats. About eight or nine bloggers have been accredited to the 2014 biennial – its unknown how many are Conservative spies. Some six Senators registered, so watch out for them, NDP spies. There were 2500 delegates pre-registered when online registration was closed, and more will register on site. As off last night, over 2000 were on site. For last night only, local Liberals (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Day One Recap + Jeremy Broadhurst Bloggers’ Briefing ( #lib14 #lpc #cdnpoli )

Yesterday, the convention opened with a conversation about the economy between Toronto Centre MP Chystia Freeland and Larry Summers. An interesting discussion about the importance of the health of the middle class being the core principle to maintaining the economy. Mr. Summers made mention that this is more important than protecting the banks – it’s likely true, but our banks are not at risk of failing the same way as American banks are due to a lack of vigorous regulation down south.

The theme of this convention will be the economy. Panels will be focused on reviewing economic growth and (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Photos Streaming to ProgressiveBloggers.ca ( #lib14 #lpc )

I have begun posting some photos to the Progressive Bloggers site and more will be coming through the weekend. They’ll stream automatically as they get added.

The Progressive Right: Live from Montreal! ( #lib14 #lpc )

I have arrived in Montreal and have checked into my hotel. I’m staying kitty corner from the Montreal Convention Centre (Palais des congrès de Montréal) and I’m looking forward to getting coverage underway.

If you’re reading the blog, and you’re at the convention, stop by the bloggers area in the Main Hall (517).

Remember, I’ll be tweeting (@progright) and you can see what other things are going on my Storified page.

CuriosityCat: Liberal Party Convention: The Most Important Policy Resolution

In my view, the single most important policy resolution at this week’s convention in Montreal is the prioritized number 31, which should significantly reduce our democratic deficits. That resolutionreads: 31. Priority Resolution: Restoring Trust in Canada’s Democracy* BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Liberal Party pursue political reforms which promote: Open, democratic nominations of candidates; Fewer “whipped” votes in Parliament and more “free” votes requiring individual MPs to assume full responsibility for their decisions; Stronger Parliamentary control over public finances, including an annual deadline for the budget; accounting consistency among the Estimates and the Public Accounts; more clarity in voting (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Policy Proposal 36 – Sustainable Infrastructure Investments ( #lib14 #lpc #cdnpoli #NoPickeringAirport )

There are a great number of prioritized policies up for debate at the 2014 Liberal Biennial Convention in Montreal. To go into each one, would need a month’s worth of blog posts.

Readers of my blog will know that I have long advocated against the development of a new international airport in the City of Pickering. Unfortunately, the policy proposal I authored to Protect the Pickering Lands and subsequently prioritized by Central Region did not make it to the biennial.

The proposal to build an airport is irresponsible. In the absence of a business case, it represents a dangerously reckless (Read more…)

CuriosityCat: Ontario Byelections: The change that really counts

It seems that the leaders of all three poltical parties in the province of Ontario sense that voters want change.  Premier Wynne, leading a minority Liberal government, was rejected by voters in the two byelections, but says change is wanted: Real Change Wynne?

After writing off the byelections as “skirmishes” that aren’t indicative of how things will go in a general election, Wynne vowed that the Liberals will do better whenever the campaign is held. “I know people are looking for change in this province,” she said. “Well I’m the change. My plan is the change. My team (Read more…)

The Progressive Right: Interviews with Liberal National Executive Candidates ( #lib14 #lpc #cdnpoli )

Leading up to the 2014 Liberal Biennial Convention, you can read Jeff Jedras’s interviews with candidates for the national executive and some exit interviews for outgoing members at his blog.

A BCer in Toronto: Liberal Party of Canada presidential candidate Interview: Brian Rice

*I’m on my BlackBerry and for technical reasons can’t currently edit more than the top few paragraphs of this post. But below, the former LPC(BC) president should be David Merner, not David Bertschi.From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. Last week, I published interviews with some of the table officer candidates. This week, I finish with the candidates for party president. Two contested elections will be held for national board positions at the Montreal biennial – national membership secretary, and  party president. The two (Read more…) . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Liberal Party of Canada presidential candidate Interview: Brian Rice

A BCer in Toronto: LPC national board candidate interview: Maryanne Kampouris for national policy chair

From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. Maryanne Kampouris won a contested election at the 2012 Liberal Party of Canada biennial convention in Ottawa as national policy chair and, with no one stepping forward to contest the position, she’ll begin a second term later this month in February. Kampouris, who calls a farm between Ottawa and Montreal home, is a former LPC(Ontario) policy chair and (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: LPC national board candidate interview: Arif Khan for national membership secretary

From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board. With Matthew Certosimo deciding to not seek election as Liberal Party of Canada national membership secretary, two candidates have stepped forward to contest the position – Leanne Bourassa from Quebec and Arif Khan from Alberta. While Certosimo’s term was focused on a leadership election and the creation of the supporter category, either Bourassa or Khan will face new (Read more…)

A BCer in Toronto: LPC national board candidate interview: Leanne Bourassa for national membership secretary

From February 20-23, federal Liberals will gather in Montreal, and one of their tasks will be to elect a new national executive. In the coming days, I’ll be publishing interviews with some of the candidates seeking election to the party’s national board.

With Matthew Certosimo deciding to not seek election as Liberal Party of Canada national membership secretary, two candidates have stepped forward to contest the position – Leanne Bourassa from Quebec and Arif Khan from Alberta. While Certosimo’s term was focused on a leadership election and the creation of the supporter category, either Bourassa or Khan will face new (Read more…)